PMI presentations available for approved speaking engagements

The Value of Project Management for Society, Organizations and the Practitioner

This presentation provides an overview of how project management not only improves integration across silos and organizational learning but also delivers value at every societal level, from the global to the individual, for both emerging and developed economies. It clarifies where and how project management is an agent for managing change, innovation and globalization, and how it provides a structure for leveraging resources. And it clearly illustrates how project management provides a well-paid, rewarding career path for the practitioner.

Project Management as a Strategic Competency

The 20th century brought organizational management of routine operations to a high level. But executing change in an increasingly fast-paced and competitive world remained a challenge – one that project management has evolved to meet.

This presentation emphasizes that project management is a profession distinct from “management in general,” and gives examples of organizations that are aligning their projects and programs with strategic goals.

The Strategic PMO

Organizations have set up many variations on the Project Management Office or PMO. Their functions range from simply sharing common project management tools and processes to de facto portfolio management.

What makes a PMO strategic is not its structure or formal role within the organization, but what it does. Does it help the organization select, balance and resource projects? Does it foster the growth of project management maturity? Does it deliver efficiencies of scale in shared support for multiple projects and programs? If so, it is improving the alignment of projects with business strategy – and that makes it a strategic PMO, whatever it may be called.

Working with Project Sponsors

This presentation looks at the importance of the executive sponsor to project success and how the absence of that role increases an organization’s risk that a project will not meet its goals, including budget, milestones and deliverables.

It describes the leadership characteristics as well as the business skills required of a successful executive sponsor and outlines the scope of the sponsor’s responsibilities to the project and how those responsibilities influence a project’s success. It also examines the role of the project manager and the project manager’s responsibilities to the executive sponsor, and explores some of the potential pitfalls in sponsor relationships and how to avoid them. 

Project Management for Distributed Teams – Building Success Across Borders

This presentation explores and answers the numerous questions regarding projects that do not “sit” in one place or geographic location, including their increased importance in a highly competitive global economy and how they change not only how we work but also what kinds of tasks and projects we take on. It shows examples of how social networking is driving the spread of distributed teams.

Pulse of the Profession

This presentation reports on the state of project, program and portfolio management in 2012, examining a number of global dynamics that are forcing organizations, both public and private, to take a more critical look at their projects. The presentation highlights key areas of focus, and five trends that emerged from PMI’s latest survey of practitioners and project management leaders, and provides examples of how current challenges are being met in the public and private sectors.

Note: these are updated at least annually

(1) The Value of Project Management for Society, Organizations and the Practitioner
(2) Project Management as a Strategic Competency
(3) The Strategic PMO
(4) Working with Project Sponsors
(5) Project Management for Distributed Teams – Building Success Across Borders
(6) Pulse of the Profession